Dr. Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley may soon have an extra $.35 million in his pocket after a High Court Master yesterday awarded compensation to him in a claim for defamation of character made on Facebook.

The claim was against Brian Stone, former chairman of the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG, now TTT).

The order was made by Master Martha Alexis after Rowley successfully claimed he had been defamed by Stone by way of Facebook comments Stone had made, accusing him of being involved in receiving kickbacks from a certain segment of society, as well as corruption related to the construction of an apartment building in West Trinidad.

A default ruling was delivered in 2017 by a High Court judge after Stone failed to put in a defence to the claim.

In her ruling, Master Alexander ordered that the Prime Minister is to receive $.3 million in general damages and an additional $50,000 in aggravated damages,

He is to also receive interest at a rate of 2.5 per cent per annum from the date of the filing of the claim in February 2018, to yesterday’s date.

A 28-day stay of the order has also been granted in the event Stone intends to appeal the ruling.

During the course of the trial the Prime Minister went into the witness box but was not cross-examined by Stone’s attorneys since the necessary applications were not filed in accordance with the court’s rules on cross-examination of witnesses.


THE delivery of education during the period of school closure has been fraught with challenges and teaching cannot simply resume as normal when schools reopen in September.

From the lack of accountability of teachers to the lack of access to the Internet and devices for many pupils, the process has simply not been effective.

More citizens are expressing disappointment at not receiving the promised salary grant.

Housekeeping employees of The Villas at Stonehaven at Black Rock, Tobago— Rackel Ayres and Sheldon Greene — told the Express they continue to be “disappointed” since they have not yet received the $1,500 salary relief grant to assist with their expenses during Covid-19.

MASSY Motors, the largest dealer of new cars in T&T, yesterday announced it has furloughed 68 employees, it will rotate an additional 35 members of staff one-day on and one-day off and ten executives will have their salaries cut by 20 per cent.

The expenditure-reduction measures, which will impact 113 employees in total, took effect from June 1 and are due for last three months, Massy Motors chairman, David O’Brien told the Express yesterday.